Eric Garner’s widow reacted with dismay Wednesday after a Staten Island grand jury chose not to indict the NYPD officer who killed her husband with a chokehold.
“Oh my God, are you serious?” Esaw Garner, her voice rising in shock and anger, told The Daily News. “I’m very disappointed. You can see in the video that he (the cop) was dead wrong!”
Garner was referring to the shocking cellphone video first published on NYDailyNews.com that showed Officer Daniel Pantaleo placing Garner in a chokehold — a move banned by the NYPD — and wrestling him to the ground.
“The grand jury kept interviewing witnesses but you didn't need witnesses,” the anguished widow said. “You can be a witness for yourself. Oh my God, this s--- is crazy.”
Esaw Garner said she is now placing her hopes for justice with the U.S. Department of Justice.
“Well, I guess I have to go with the next step,” she said.
Then Esaw Garner left for the offices of the National Action Network in Manhattan, where she was expected to make a further statement alongside the Rev. Al Sharpton. Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island cop accused of putting Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold, testified Friday in front of a grand jury. Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island cop accused of putting Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold, testified Friday in front of a grand jury. Previous Next
Daniel Pantaleo, the Staten Island cop accused of putting Eric Garner in a fatal chokehold, testified Friday in front of a grand jury. Framegrabs showing arrest of suspect in Staten Island where police officers used a choke hold that resulted in the suspects death. Eric Garner (r.) seen during the arrest where he was put into a chokehold by Officer Daniel Pantaleo.
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Meanwhile, Staten Island was bracing for Ferguson-like trouble. There had been warnings earlier that a decision not to charge Pantaleo, who is white, with a crime for killing a black man, would fan tensions.
And as word of the panel’s decision seeped into the Staten Island neighborhoods where anti-police sentiment is strongest, cops were on high alert and prepared for the worst.
“How can anyone in the community have faith in the system now?” asked Vincent Warren, head of the Center for Constitutional Rights. “First Ferguson, now Staten Island.”
Garner, a 43-year-old father of six, was killed July 17 when Pantaleo subdued him on a Tompkinsville street with a banned chokehold.
Police said they approached Garner because he was selling unlicensed cigarettes —better known as loosies —and that he resisted arrest.
They noted that Garner’s rap sheet listed 31 arrests, beginning when he was 16.
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